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My Wedding Magazine Summer Issue Article

Flower Gallery picture of Katie at a wedding

I wrote the below article for the on “Bouquets with Personality”

This photo above was of one of my favourite bouquets that I have made this season for a wedding.  This stunning photo was taken at Katies wedding on Waiheke Island at a private venue and photographed by a photographer on Waiheke Island.

The style of these flowers are very much the look in flowers for wedding bouquets.  With that just picked-look as though it is just straight from the garden.  This also might look easy to make but believe me every stem has been purposefully place in the right place to get this effect.

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Anita and Peter wedding

Pete & Anita met through a mutual friend and got married at the gorgeous Casita Miro on Waiheke Island. A few words from Anita…….

I’ve grown up on Waiheke Island my entire life so it was important for me to get married over here surrounded by all my friends and family on my home turf. The island means so much to both of us, that eventually we’ll hope to settle down here. Peter is from Sweden, so he has created a special place for Waiheke as it’s now his home as much as it is mine. Casita Miro is a venue on Waiheke that we’d have date nights, we love the stunning atmosphere and tapa style food.

We had about 13 international guests and around 30 from all over NZ, the rest were locals. We had great response afterwards. Some saying it was the most intimate and homely wedding they’ve ever attended. Waiheke Island is so down to earth I think the guests can relax and have a good night. Plus a few of our guests stayed on a few days and enjoyed the Waiheke way of life.

I had a lot of standout Waiheke Wedding suppliers! Firstly I LOVED my flowers. Virginia Thompson and her staff did an amazing job with my bridesmaids posies and my bouquet. Everything was as I imagined they would be. For our colour scheme, I chose soft pastel hues – blush pink & light greens, with gold to highlight. With the help of flowers we filled the venue with colour, making it feel homely & inviting for our guests. I also incorporated succulent plants from my Grandfather’s garden into the decor.

Being an Art Director photography was a big thing for me, the reason I chose Photography by Lauretta was she knows how to capture people and moments. I think it’s important to capture the in-between moments as well as the planned ones. It’s important to have someone with a good eye that puts that little bit extra into every shot and sees the details.
Sophia from My Waiheke took away all the stress and perfected every little detail in her styling.

Anita’s wedding budget must have:

(1) A good photographer. Pay the price for an excellent one since this is how you will remember your day for years to come. You need someone who you feel will capture the day in the best way possible.

(2) Have good food since people will remember what you give them to eat!

(3) Get a stylist and take the stress off yourself. They’ll take your ideas and make them a reality.

(4) Have plenty of flowers. Flowers make everything just that little bit better! Stunning colours and sweet smells make it truly feel like a wedding.

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The ladies getting ready for wedding.


Anita & Peter a happy couple.


Peters buttonhole white roses with detail.


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Flowers in jars.




Rows of flowers in jars along centre of the table.


Table flowers in jars

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Wedding party for Anita & Peters wedding.

Wedding party for Anita & Peters wedding.

Bridal party taking a break on the lawn.

Bridal party taking a break on the lawn, job well done.


My Wedding Magazine Spring Issue

The latest magazine is out now and for this issue I wanted to do something a little different.

This was to be a fun photo shoot and I asked the very talented Michelle from to photograph my flowers.  She made an amazing job of capturing just the look I was after.  I wanted it looking like an old masters painting.  The style of these flowers are very much the now look in flowers for all occasions from house flower to wedding bouquets.  Just look around and you will be surprised at where you see this style of floristry.EBOOK_MW Spring 2015 48

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Aimee & Dave’s Wedding

I’m back blogging again after a very long summer season which was very full on here at Flower Gallery on Waiheke Island.  Now its winter I have more time and can’t wait to show you some fabulous weddings, so lets get into it.

Have we got a beauty for you today!

This wedding is from late last year in November, at the stunning Goldie Room on Waiheke island.

Aimee & Dave first contacted us to talk about their wedding flowers. To say that they wanted to have a relaxed, bohemian vibe to the arrangements.

Venue: The Goldie Room for their stunning venue.

Photography: Emily Raftery most talented photography.

Styling, Design and Concept: by awesome talented Two Foxes.

Florist: Flower Gallery by Virginia Thompson on Waiheke Island for bouquets, hair crowns and floral centrepieces.



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Oh no the rain came down but, who cares about rain when you are about to get married!



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Lance & Debby wedding

A gorgeous intimate wedding for Deb and Lance took place at The Goldie Room.  Their theme colours were plum, berry, dark rich green, dark blue and twigs, berries and Debby’s favourite flower Gerbera’s .

The beautiful photography was by Michelle Hepburn based on Waiheke Island.

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My Wedding Magazine

My Wedding Magazine is a must for all brides out there!  It is filled with lots of inspiration from planning to fashion, real wedding articles and lots more.  Also I write an article in it each issue and this one is about “Free Flowing Bouquets” which are very much the trend at the moment.

In the Real Wedding section is one of my weddings from last season featuring Melissa & Craig’s wedding.  Ebook_Vol6_iss1 1 Spring

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Below in the Real Wedding section is one of my weddings from last season featuring Melissa & Craig’s wedding at The Goldie Room.  Photographer Emma Hughes.

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Amanda and Scott’s Wedding March 2014

This was a quirky wedding with Amanda’s ideas as she has a strong design back ground and wanted the wedding to be fun and relaxed.  It was a geometric theme with black, white and gold with a hint of orange.  This looked stunning at the venue Waikopou at the eastern end of Waiheke Island with its contempary look of concrete walls, infinity swimming pool and ocean views.  It was a large wedding with 140 guests 5 x bridesmaids and 5 x groomsman.  Amanda wore a black and white dress with gold and orange, looking stunning and very relaxed.

The wedding was coordinated by Jan from

The photographer is Keryn from

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Lois and Rob’s Wedding

The theme was to be light 1920’s and with a rustic feel.  Colours to be white and cream with antique dusty pinks.  Lois wanted a cascading bouquet so we used Avalanche roses, antique pink rose, Lisianthus and Olive leaves with ivy.  They had a special little page boy their 1 year old son Lois who just looked so cute in his powder blue suit.

The venue was the beautiful gardens of Te Toki Retreat in Palm Beach Waiheke Island.  Beautiful photography by Alice Doig Photography.

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Bridesmaids Bouquet

Bridesmaids Bouquet

Lois bridesmaid bouquet

Lois bridesmaid bouquet

Lois trailing bouquet

Lois trailing bouquet

Lois bridal bouquet

Lois bridal bouquet

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Lois & Rob ceremony arch.

Lois & Rob ceremony arch.



Arch covered in olive leaves.

Arch covered in olive leaves.

Lois & Rob

Lois & Rob Bridal Table

Lois & Rob Bridal Table

Lois & Rob's wedding cake.

Lois & Rob’s wedding cake.

Melissa & Craig’s Wedding December 2013

Melissa and her girls were getting ready at the Onetangi Beach Apartments in silent. Because Melissa (who is never unwell), had laryngitis and she was trying to save her voice in the hope that she could say her vows when the time came.  Sipping Lemon. Honey. Ginger. Repeat. Lemon. Honey. Ginger. Repeat…   Venue for the ceremony and reception was the beautiful The Goldie Room.

Wedding Planner/Stylist: Sophia from My Waiheke Weddings and Events   Melissa’s hair and make up was by Jen from Bridal Beauty and her stunning flowers were by Flower Gallery by Virginia Thompson.

Most stunning photography by Emma Hughes Photography


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Rebecca & Brian’s Wedding December 2013

We loved making the flowers for this very pretty wedding.  Rebecca made about 60 soy candles in vintage cut crystal glasses to go on the tables at Mudbrick.  One of my favourite photographers, Joanna Wickham was to shoot the day so we were confident the images were going to be amazing.  This wedding is also featured on Magnolia Roughe


Rebecca's bouquet

Rebecca’s Bridal Bouquet


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